Beautiful piece of utilitarian art in your kitchen delivering espresso-perfect grind - although not useful for drip or french press.
Positive Product Points
Stylish. Consistent grind. The hopper has a stop so that it can be removed to change beans without turning the entire grinder upside down. Great micro adjustment. Small footprint. QUIET.
Negative Product Points
Expensive. Grind can get stuck in the shoot above the doser.
I just bought a used MCF that's a year 2000 model. I think the retail price is pretty accurate for that era although I think they're now around $600 which may explain why there are no recent reviews. It seems NS may have priced themselves out of the consumer market going head to head with Macap and Mazzer. This is a great looking and very compact grinder. It grinds on par with a big quasi-commercial grinder. It's super quiet and doesn't wake my wife up in our small home. The grind quality is excellent. The very fluffy grind is perfect for my picky La Pavoni Europiccola, and I've been getting great shots with home roasted beans. The only odd thing to me is that the grinds get stuck in the chute sometimes (static?) and the doser although it sweeps pretty clean does store a little bit of old grinds around the edges. I would certainly recommend this grinder - take some of the other negative reviews with a grain of salt as that reviewer has a lot of negative to say about everything! This would be an excellent grinder for someone who doesn't want a hulking commercial looking grinder in their kitchen but is willing to pay for a high quality grinder. Also, it is a worm drive mechanism that gives it all the adjustability so it wouldn't work well for someone wanting espresso and drip or french press. Personally, I have a $50 fake burr (Cuisinart or equivalent) for drip and use this for espresso only.